Spring Flooding

Minnehaha Co. Residents Affected By Flooding Granted Individual Assistance

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Citizens of Minnehaha County whose homes were affected by spring flooding might now be eligible for individual assistance through FEMA. This is due to the rain and snow storms the area endured from mid-March to late April. Minnehaha County officials say Disaster Recovery Centers will be set up later this week. The centers are walk-in facilities…

Officials Increase Water Release Through Gavins Point Dam

YANKTON CO. S.D.- Recent rain has once again forced the Army Corp to increase the water being let through at Gavins Point Dam. This time, 60,000 cubic feet per second are being released. Does any of that extra water have an effect on Yankton County? “Back in March, they went to like, 90 thousand, for a while. We’ve seen a…

Rural Roads in Lincoln County Still in Rough Shape

LINCOLN COUNTY, S.D. – Incredible stories continue throughout counties in South Dakota affected by flooding. From Yankton County families having to carry groceries a half mile because they can’t make it home, to stories like this out of Lincoln County. “Once you get a heavy truck stuck you hope a heavy-duty wrecker can get to it to pull it out. When…

Hearing to Focus on Preventing More Missouri River Flooding

OMAHA, Neb. – This spring’s massive flooding along the Missouri River unearthed bitter criticism of the federal agency that manages the river while devastating communities and causing more than $3 billion in damage. The flooding and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ actions will be the focus of a U.S. Senate hearing in western Iowa on Wednesday and critics will…

Rivers To Rise Again After Latest Winter Storm

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Mike Gillispie at the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls has been a busy man over the last month. He is the head hydrologist, and monitors the levels and forecasts of our rivers. Our latest winter storm is going re-swell our rivers that have receded just a bit. “As temperatures starting warming up again next week, that…

Flooding Could Impact Start of Mosquito Season

SOUTH DAKOTA -A lot of folks have been wondering about the correlation between our current flooding and upcoming mosquito season. The bad news, aside from the flooding itself, is that this increases our chance in seeing an uptick of mosquito numbers early this summer. This time around, our flooding may have come at the right time. Denise Patton spoke with…

Historic Flooding Rattles Sioux Falls and Surrounding Areas

SIOUX EMPIRE- The flooding yesterday in Sioux Falls created scenes that not many of us have experienced before. There were several precise weather factors that needed to take place in order for this flooding to occur in this significance. Temperatures rose above freezing across the Southeast on Tuesday, and didn’t fall back below it until the afternoon on Thursday. This…

Minnesota GOP Lawmakers Seek $20M More in Flood Relief Money

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota Republicans say the Legislature should approve $20 million to replenish an empty disaster aid fund ahead of anticipated spring flooding. GOP lawmakers hold a news conference for Monday to call attention to the need to refill the state’s Disaster Assistance Contingency Account. Rep. Tony Jurgens of Cottage Grove and Sen. Mark Johnson of East…

As Snow Continues To Pile Up, Spring Flooding Concerns Rise

SOUTH DAKOTA- Snow has been piling up across the viewing area over the last month with none of it melting away. The concern for spring time flooding rises as we stare down another storm this weekend. Meteorological spring has gotten off to a very cold start. This has caused the soil to be frozen down to 3 feet in a…